Welsh-Janet

Janet Welsh

Research Associate Professor

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814-865-3691
jaw900@psu.edu

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Biography

Janet Welsh has been working in prevention research since 1994. She chose this career path because she wanted to see scientific ideas developed in academia put to good use in the real world.

Her research interests include the translation of evidence based interventions (EBI) into community settings, understanding the factors that contribute to the success or failure of an EBI when introduced into new contexts, and adaptations of EBI’s within special populations, including the U.S. Military and Native Americans. She is particularly passionate about helping disenfranchised communities to adopt best practices with children, families, and youth.

Janet has been an investigator on the PROSPER study for the past 15 years, studying issues related to sustainability and dissemination of universal substance abuse prevention programs. She has also worked on Head Start REDI, Focus on Learning, Safe Schools, Healthy Students, FAST Track and numerous projects with the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense.

Some of Janet’s recent awards include the REDI-BKC project with colleagues Karen Bierman and Claudia Mincemoyer, the PROSPER dissemination project recently funded by Department of Agriculture, and the Tribal REDI project in partnership with South Dakota State University and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal College in Sisseton, South Dakota.

When Janet is not immersed in a current research project or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses here at Penn State, you might find her swimming, playing baseball with her son and his friends, or responding to a fire emergency with the Alpha Fire Company in State College.

Current Projects

Health Promotion in Rural Pennsylvania: The PROSPER Program

This project expands the presence of PROSPER (PRomoting School-university-community Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) into a larger number of rural counties in an effort to lessen substance abuse and health and behavioral problems among rural youth and encourage healthy development and family strengths.
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Support to Adapt and Test the Feasibility of Tribal Head Start REDI with Native American Children in Minnesota

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Partnership Model for Diffusion of Proven Prevention (PROSPER III)

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Recent Publications

Enriching preschool classrooms and home visits with evidence_based programming: sustained benefits for low_income children

Bierman, K., Heinrichs, B., Welsh, J., Nix, R., & Gest, S. D. (2016, In Press). Enriching preschool classrooms and home visits with evidence_based programming: Sustained benefits for low_income children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study

Chilenski, S., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Welsh, J. A., Crowley, D. M., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54(1), 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002

Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project

Chilenski, S., Welsh, J. A., Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(12), 819. doi: 00910562

The randomized controlled trial of Head Start REDI: Sustained effects on developmental trajectories of social-emotional functioning

Nix, R., Bierman, K. L., Heinrichs, B. S., Gest, S. D., Welsh, J. A., & Domitrovich, C. E. (2016). The randomized controlled trial of Head Start REDI: Sustained effects on developmental trajectories of social-emotional functioning. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(4), 310-322. doi 0022006X

Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes

Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L. E., Perkins, D. F., Greenberg, M. T., Berrena, E., & Spoth, R. L. (2016, In Press). Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes. Youth & Society.

Pathways to sustainability: 8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project

Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L., Greenberg, M. T., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). Pathways to sustainability: 8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(3), 263-286. doi: 0278095X